You can watch UpTV live without cable with one of these streaming services: Philo, Sling TV or DirecTV Now. There’s also Up Faith and Family, which is UpTV’s official app. Or, if you don’t want to pay a monthly fee, you can buy individual UPtv shows and movies from iTunes or Amazon. In this article, we’ll help you decide which option is best for you. Let’s get started!
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Philo is probably going to be the all-around best way to get UpTV for most people, especially families on a budget. It’s easy to use, inexpensive and has many other wholesome, kid-friendly channels. But if you’re a sports fan, you may want to look elsewhere. One of the reasons why Philo is so cheap is because the company decided not to try to pursue licensing deals with sports channels. It doesn’t carry any of the “big four” American broadcasters either. If those drawbacks don’t bother you, keep reading. Otherwise, scroll down to see what Philo’s competition has to offer.
A subscription to Philo costs just $20. That makes it one of the least expensive streaming services out there. The company used to offer a stripped-down $16 plan that had fewer channels, but not anymore. However, Philo is going to let people who bought that plan to stay with it if they choose to do so. That decision shows that Philo is committed to serving people who are tired of high cable bills and just don’t want to spend a lot of money on TV entertainment.
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Philo’s base plan comes with 58 channels. UpTV is included in the main lineup, so you don’t have to pay extra for a channel expansion pack to get it. In fact, Philo is one of the few streaming services that doesn’t offer any channel upgrades. Philo used to offer two different subscription plans, but now it only offers one all-inclusive plan.
For more information on Philo channels, check here.
One of the few gripes that Philo users used to have about Philo’s apps is that Philo’s Android app wasn’t capable of playing TV streams. That changed with an update that came out just a few days ago. Prior to the update, people with Android phones had to use the mobile version of Chrome if they wanted to watch TV while out and about. Now that that’s been fixed, Philo has all of its bases covered when it comes to TV device apps.
- TV streaming media players: Apple TV (4th gen and up), Amazon Fire TV (all models), Chromecast and Roku (all current models).
- Smart TVs: Android TV (5.0 and up).
- Mobile devices and tablets: Android (7.0 and up, Chrome browser), iOS (10.3 and up).
- Game consoles: None.
- Desktop browsers: Most Mac and PC browsers.
Check here for more information on Philo’s supported devices.
Philo lets you share your account with up to two other people when you watch TV. Another way of putting this is that you can stream to three different screens at the same time through one account. Three simultaneous streams meet the industry standard. Some streaming services offer more account sharing flexibility, but others are more restrictive.
To learn more about Philo’s simultaneous streams, click here.
Philo has a better-than-average unlimited DVR that lets you save as much TV content as you want. You’ll be able to access all your recordings for 30 days, after which they’ll disappear. There’s no way to increase the amount of time you can keep a recording, but 30 days is likely more than enough time for most people.
Check here to learn more about Philo’s DVR.
Philo does have some on-demand content, but it’s not Netflix. According to the Philo website, there are 25,000 on-demand titles. However, most of those are recently aired TV episodes, or catch-up TV. It is nice to have the ability to watch recently aired shows, but since Philo deletes those episodes after a certain period of time, it’s not the best option for bingeing a complete season.
Click here to learn more about Philo’s on-demand library.
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Cable TV streaming pioneer Sling TV doesn’t carry a live UpTV stream, but it does have some UpTV content in its library. If you don’t mind not being able to watch live and you like to customize the way you watch TV, Sling TV could be worth a look. One of the very first streaming services to hit the market, Sling TV is still one of the cheaper options out there– but only if you stick with one of the base plans. Once you start adding on channel expansion packs, your monthly bill will start to go up. The base plans have lots of strategically placed holes in them, many of which can only be filled by purchasing one or more add-ons.
Sling TV offers two base plans: Sling Orange and Sling Blue. They both cost $25, and buying at least one base plan is required. You can also opt to get both Sling Orange and Sling Blue. If you do decide to get both, you’ll only pay $40. From there you can expand your channel lineup by purchasing add-on packs. You don’t need an add-on pack to access Sling TV’s on-demand catalog, which contains some Up Faith and Family content. Check the Sling TV website to see which titles you’ll be able to watch.
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To learn more about Sling TV pricing, check here.
Sling Orange has 30+ channels and limits you to a single stream– more on that later. Sling Blue comes with 40+ channels and has more account sharing flexibility. There is some overlap between the two plans. In other words, there are some channels that Sling Orange and Sling Blue both have. The only way to get the ESPN channels is with a Sling Orange subscription. Likewise, the only way to get regional sports networks is through Sling Blue.
To learn more about Sling TV channels, check here.
Sling TV has a very competitive device lineup, perhaps because it was one of the very first streaming services to hit the market.
- TV streaming media players: Apple TV (4th gen and up), Amazon Fire TV (all versions), Chromecast, Roku (LT and up), AirTV.
- Smart TVs: LG TV (Web OS 3.0, 3.5, and 4.0, as well as select 2016-2018 models), Samsung TV (2016 through 2018 models), Android TV (4.4 and up), Roku TV, Mi TV.
- Mobile devices and tablets: Android (4.4 and up), iOS (11 and up), Amazon Fire (tablets).
- Game consoles: Xbox One.
- Desktop browsers: Chrome on Mac and Windows recommended.
Check here for more info on Sling TV’s supported devices.
Sling TV has restrictive account sharing limits that you should be aware of before you sign up. You can only stream Sling Orange channels to one device at a time. The limit for Sling Blue channels is three simultaneous screens.
To learn more about Sling TV’s simultaneous streams, click here.
You have to pay $5/month extra if you want the ability to record TV with Sling TV. The DVR is not compatible with Sling Orange channels, though.
To learn more about Sling TV’s DVR, check here.
As is the case with Philo, Sling TV has several thousand titles in its on-demand library. However, most of the titles are TV show episodes. The fact that some of those episodes are UpTV titles may make it worth checking out if you’re looking for family-friendly content. A small selection of movies is available, as well.
To learn more about Sling TV’s on-demand library, click here.
DirecTV Now isn’t the best streaming service out there because it’s expensive and its features aren’t very competitive. Just a few months ago it was one of the cheapest cable alternatives, but that changed when DirecTV Now’s executives decided to raise the price of admission. Its main attraction is its large channel menu. UpTV is available, along with lots of other family-friendly channels.
Be prepared to spend some money if you want to get UpTV though DirecTV Now. The cheapest DirecTV Now plan that has UpTV is Choice, which costs $110/month. That’s the same price that you probably already pay to your local cable company if you haven’t cut the cord.
- PLUS: 40+ channels, $50/month
- MAX: 50+ channels, $70/month
- Entertainment: 65+ channels, $93/month
- Choice: 85+ channels, $110/month
- Xtra: 105+ channels, $124/month
- Ultimate: 125+ channels, $135/month
To learn more about DirecTV Now’s pricing and packages, click here.
Other family-friendly channels that come with Choice include TeenNick, Science, Nick, Nicktoons and National Geographic. Xtra has National Geographic and several different Discovery channels.
Click here to learn more about DirecTV Now’s channels.
DirecTV Now has fairly good device coverage:
- TV streaming media players: Apple TV (4th gen and up, 5th gen and up for 4K), Amazon Fire TV (2nd gen and up, 1st gen for Cube), Chromecast (2nd gen and up), Roku (most models).
- Smart TVs: Samsung TV (2017 and 2018 models), Android TV (4.4 and up), Roku TV (7000X), Mi TV, Amazon Fire TV edition smart TV (2nd gen and up), Chromecast Built-in TV.
- Gaming consoles: None.
- Mobile devices and tablets: Android (5.0 and up), iOS (10 and up), Amazon Fire (tablets).
- Desktop browsers: Chrome and Safari recommended.
Click here to learn more about DirecTV Now’s supported devices.
You can stream on two devices at once with DirecTV Now, which meets the industry standard. You can upgrade to three streams for an extra $5 per month.
To learn more about DirecTV Now’s streaming policy, click here.
When DirecTV Now first debuted, there was no way to record TV content. A recent upgrade changed that, and now DirecTV Now subscribers can record 20 hours of TV.
Click here to learn more about DirecTV Now’s DVR.
Like the other streaming services mentioned earlier, live TV is DirecTV Now’s focus. According to the website, the on-demand catalog contains more than 20,000 titles. The majority of those titles are probably recently aired TV episodes.
Check here to learn more about DirecTV Now’s on-demand library.
How to Watch UpTV on Amazon Fire TV
You can watch UpTV on Amazon Fire TV with one of these streaming services: Philo, Sling TV or DirecTV Now.. Simply go to the Amazon Fire TV app store and click whatever live TV service appeals to you the most– or try them all. They all have free trials.
How to Watch UpTV on Roku
You can watch UpTV on Amazon Fire TV with one of these streaming services: Philo, Sling TV or DirecTV Now. The process of installing a Roku app is the same as installing a smartphone app. Just look up the app you want to try and complete the sign-up process to get going. Since all four streaming services have free trials, you can see what you think about all of them before you commit.
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Where to find UpTV On-demand content
If you don’t want to subscribe to any of the streaming services listed above, try looking for UpTV content on iTunes or Amazon. They both sell individual episodes and full seasons of shows like Bringing Up Bates, Expecting, Growing Up McGhee and Small Town, Big Mayor and more.
The Up Faith and Family app
Up Faith and Family is UpTV’s streaming service. You can either pay $6/month, or pay for a year of service up front for $54. It’s a Netflix-style on-demand streaming service that lets you watch all kinds of UpTV shows and movies, commercial free. Unfortunately, you can’t watch UpTV live through Up Faith and Family.